I thought we lost you there. We were going to send out the dogs.
I need to go read that again.
I don’t think changing the microphone is going to do a lot of good.
The desirable volume level (on the blue waves) is peaks between 33% and 50%. It’s a constant source of irritation that the bouncing sound meters and the time line are in different numbers. They should not be and there is a Request for Change in Audacity to make them match. Those two percent values work out to -6dB and -10dB on the sound meters.
So if you can generate blue wave peaks up to 0.3 (30%) on occasion, that’s probably enough.
Only the top three numbers in ACX-Check are useful in AudioBook Reading, and then only the dB values. From top to bottom, overload distortion (Peak), overall loudness (RMS) and how loud is it when you stop reading (background noise). Overload and Noise are limits. Loudness is a range.
In the ACX-Check panel I posted, the Noise value was -60.1. The restriction is -60. That means if anything at all goes the slightest bit wrong, the presentation will fail. And that’s after I sent the work through very serious noise reduction.
A very quiet recording environment is really important.
Through a series of accidents, I have a soundproofed third bedroom. If I wait until traffic dies down, I can make a respectable sound track with no microphone. Just using the built-in on the laptop, or my iPod or any one of my pro microphones.
Almost any microphone works.
The noisier your room is, the harder it is to record and the more work you will have to go to to fix the recording in post production, if you can even fix it at all.
You can record at any volume you want, as long as it’s 1000 times louder than your refrigerator. That’s the takeaway. Converting in my head…your refrigerator is only about 100 times quieter than your voice. It needs to be 1000 times quieter.
Noise Reduction tools are not open-ended. I stopped short of harming your voice tones. I can get rid of all the noises, but you will sound like talking into a wine glass with a head cold. ACX AudioBook has a failure called “Overprocessing” for people who overdo it. Nobody is going to pay to hear you sounding like a bad cellphone.
I can collect and publish the tools and settings I used to get your quieter sound clip. But fair warning you will have to remember to do all of them, in order, every time you submit work.
And, in case I haven’t been enough of a wet blanket, you can’t change anything. If you get a new refrigerator or move the furniture around, we’ll have to analyze the damage and change the tools.
I bet you’re wondering how the grownups record under difficult conditions.
They throw money.
That thing he’s holding is a shotgun microphone which comes in somewhere between $800 and $1000, not counting the sound mixer and recorder. I did it a different way. I have a head-mounted microphone similar to the TED Talk people.
…For which I used to have a picture…
So that’s why we’re trying to make you louder. You don’t have to do that, you can make your room quieter.